2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Short Prints Guide

2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Short Prints Guide

2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball variations are a time of celebration and a time of change -- literally. The tough variation short prints highlight several of the biggest off-season trades and free agent signings. They also celebrate the post-season appearances of several teams, most notably the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

Inserted 1:617 packs, there are more than a dozen 2013 Topps Opening Day variation short prints. Big-name players on new teams are shown at press conferences. Their regular cards show them in their new threads and in action. But these cards have been airbrushed on as the set was released before their debuts. The variations are distinct in that there's usually a microphone in front and a corporate backdrop behind them. Justin Hamilton, R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes and the Upton brothers are among those that fall under this category.

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Post-season celebration variations show Giants during the World Series parade and the celebration that followed. Confetti is a common theme, as are the black hoodies they're wearing. Regular cards show them during a game. Bryce Harper and Yoenis Cespedes also have post-season celebration cards, highlighting their October appearances.

Below is a visual guide to all confirmed 2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball variation short prints.

2013 Topps Opening Day Variations Visual Guide

Cards pictured are the variations. Please note, we have not yet confirmed whether this is the complete list. More cards may be added.

1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Regular: Running
Variation: Parade

2013 Topps Opening Day Baseball Variations Buster Posey

28. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers

Regular: Batting
Variation: AL Championship Sweatshirt

46. Zach Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

Regular: Pitching
Variation: Press Conference, White Jersey

50. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

Regular: Red Jersey
Variation: Black T-Shirt

2013 Topps Opening Day Variations Bryce Harper

56. Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels

Regular: Grey Jersey
Variation: Red Jersey, Press Conference

90. Nick Swisher, Cleveland Indians

Regular: Running
Variation: Press Conference, Tie

93. Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves

Regular: Grey Jersey
Variation: Press Conference, Holding Jersey

94. James Shields, Kansas City Royals

Regular: Pitching, Blue Jersey
Variation: Press Conference, White Jersey

97. Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants

Regular: Pitching
Variation: Black Sweatshirt, At Podium

115. B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves

Regular: Batting
Variation: Holding Jersey, Press Conference

131. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays

Regular: Running
Variation: Press Conference

137. Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics

Regular: Batting, Vertical
Variation: Celebrating with Fans, Horizontal

151. Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers

Regular: Batting
Variation: Press Conference, Microphone

212. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants

Regular: Batting
Variation: Parade, Black Sweatshirt

213. R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays

Regular: Pitching
Variation: Press Conference, No Hat

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User Comments

  1. So how many of these SP’s are there? 100s or 1000s. Topps keeps everyone guessing until you see 100s listed on ebay then you begin to wonder.

  2. Lee At 1:600+ packs, I doubt there’s many for each individual player. If this list in complete, quick off-the-top-of-my-head math is about 1:7500 packs for an individual card. And this is a product that has traditionally not been broken widely. Singles should remain relatively tough.

  3. Add #28 Prince Fielder–pulled it today. It is horizontal and he is wearing an American League championship sweatshirt.

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